Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 5/1/21: Alice Merton joins; Glass Animals jump; girl in red holds

CHVRCHES. Photo by Sebastian Mlynarski and Kevin J. Thomson

We’re in a groove right now with the Top 4 in the Alt18 Countdown.

Manchester Orchestra and “Bed Head” took the No. 1 spot for another week, followed by Twenty One Pilots and “Shy Away” at No. 2, The Neighbourhood with “Stargazing” at No. 3, and girl in red with “Serotonin.” Manchester Orchestra (“Telepath”) and TOP (“Choker”) have new new songs out, so both appear ready to settle in for lengthy stays on the countdown.

Glass Animals, kings of the 2020 Alt18, jumped to No. 5 this week with “Space Ghost Coast to Coast,” and AJR rolls on at No. 6 with “Way Less Sad.”

Two new songs joined the countdown this week: Joywave with “After Coffee” at the revolving door of No. 18, and Alice Merton with the strong debut at No. 11 with “Vertigo.” I’d bet on Merton putting down some roots in the countdown with her new earworm.

Weezer hangs on for another week with “All My Favorite Songs” at No. 9, and they’re readying for another single with the very Weezer-sounding “I Need Some of That.”

(All of these songs have me thinking about another post this week called the “Next18” featuring what’s next from our favorite Alt18 bands. I’m tinkering with another idea where we create our own alternative music countdown using a mix of existing lists and audience votes. We’ll see.)

The other new song this week is an Alt18 oldie. “Kilby Girl” by The Backseat Lovers returned for at least a week at No. 13. The three new songs knocked off carolesdaughter, Adam Melchor, and TWIN XL.

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Alt18 Countdown, 5/1/21

18. Joywave, After Coffee

17. The Happy Fits, Hold Me Down

16. KennyHoopla w/Travis Barker, ESTELLA//

15. Mike Shinoda, iann dior, UPSAHL, Happy Endings

14. CHVRCHES, He Said, She Said

13. The Backseat Lovers, Kilby Girl

12. Imagine Dragons, Follow You

11. Alice Merton, Vertigo

10. The Band CAMINO, 1 Last Cigarette

9. Weezer, All My Favorite Songs

8. All Time Low, Once in a Lifetime

7. Blu DeTiger, Vintage

6. AJR, Way Less Sad

5. Glass Animals, Space Ghost Coast to Coast

4. girl in red, serotonin

3. The Neighbourhood, Stargazing

2. Twenty One Pilots, Shy Away

1. Manchester Orchestra, Bed Head

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